Tessa Virtue is a Canadian ice dancer who competes along with skating partner Scott Moir. They were the 2010 Olympic champions, the 2010 & 2012 World Champions and five-time Canadian national champions. They are known for their intricate footwork and innovative lifts.
In 2009 at the Skate Canada competition, they became the first ice dance team to ever receive a perfect 10 component score mark. They began skating together in 1997 after having been paired up by his aunt. That was the beginning of a remarkable journey of competitions and wins.
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They took part in a seven-part TV series “Tessa & Scott” that followed them as they prepared for the 2014 Winter Games. It aired on the Canadian W Network. Tessa Virtue said, “The life of an athlete is naturally isolating so I think one surprising thing about the series so far is how close we’ve become with the crew. It’s nice to have people at the rink who we trust and we know want the best for us…we feel that support.”
She and her partner are different when they are off the ice. “I have learned…that we don’t really speak in full sentences. Like, we kind of have our own little language and we don’t finish thoughts…we can communicate a lot just by a look or a squeeze.”
As for dealing with stress, Tessa Virtue said, “We started this thing at the Olympics in Vancouver where we’d hug before we stepped on the ice, and we breathe slowly at the same time. We want to feel totally in unison and in synch…we even say we want our hearts to beat as one which comes after being together so long.”
She added, “I get really nervous and with that comes doubt. I can get very quiet and internalize things. So I have to be conscious to express my nerves to Scott and to reframe it into a positive thing.”
They train, along with strength and condition, with a lot of ballroom dance and ballet. “It’s a great antidote to the structured training we do on ice because we really are doing the same movements over and over again.”
Tessa Virtue was born in Ontario, Canada, the youngest of four children. She attended Holy Names High School. She is studying for a psychology degree at the University of Windsor. She lives and trains, however, in Canton, Michigan.
She and Scott more wrote a memoir in 2010 called “Tessa and Scott: Our Journey From Childhood Dream to Gold.” Tessa Virtue is currently single.